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‘The book John Scott Works is a substantial publication (336 pages) with high-quality photographs of 40 of John’s projects. This is a fine record of his work and we can be grateful to David Straight for having photographed John’s architecture so meticulously.’ — Mike Austin, Architecture New Zealand

‘The architect’s works have been captured exquisitely here, in this, architectural photographer David Straight’s second photographic book. . . . The book’s design, by Catherine Griffiths, is, quite fittingly, as elegant and intelligent as the great architect’s work.’ — Houses

‘The whole package is a superb amalgam of fine photography, beautiful architecture, excellent design and top-rate production by Massey University Press — a masterpiece of collaborative endeavour.’ — Peter Simpson, photoforum

‘It’s hard to believe now that Scott’s masterpiece, the Futuna Chapel in Wellington, was nearly lost, but there are many other buildings equally deserving of preservation recorded here. The emphasis is on the images but there are also excellent essays by Gregory O’Brien, Douglas Lloyd Jenkins and others. Outside a relatively small circle of architectural enthusiasts, the name of John Scott is not nearly as well-known as it should be. David Straight’s book should help change that and possibly inspire interest in other overlooked architects of the mid-20th century.’ — Paul Little, North & South


02 book as object

»catherine griffiths : SOLO IN [ ] SPACE« A documentation Zhihua Duan [with Catherine Griffiths]
2020 / published 10/2021

A Vocabulary Bruce Connew
2017 / published 02/2021

John Scott Works David Straight
2018 / published 03/2019

folded eggs Bruce Connew
2012, 2014 / published 2018

The Gentle Hand + The Greedy Eye: an everday baroque practice in architecture Rachel Hurst
2014 / published 2016

Body of Work Bruce Connew
2013 / published 11/2015

I Drive You Crazy, to the Moon Bruce Connew
2007 / unpublished

I Must Behave Bruce Connew
2006 / published 2009

I Saw You Bruce Connew
2006 / published 2007

Stopover Bruce Connew
2000 / published 2007

Muttonbirds — part of a story Bruce Connew
2002 / published 2004

On the way to an ambush
Bruce Connew
1997 / published 1999

Vekst i det vanskelige
Hanne Johnsen
2012 / published 2013

A Short History of Photography Harvey Benge

Montana Estate Essay Series Four Winds Press
2002 and 2003

Cover Up: The Art of the Book Cover in New Zealand
Hamish Thompson

Looking for the Local — Architecture and the New Zealand Modern
Justine Clark and Paul Walker


John Scott Works

David Straight, 2018 / published 2019

John Scott Works is a major book and exhibition project on the work of the architect John Scott.

The project is a visual response to Scott’s work by photographer David Straight: “Looking at more than twenty of his known and unknown buildings the project explores his concepts and ideas, and considers the references to te ao Māori and European influences. It is in part a celebration of one of New Zealand’s most important architects and a timely and necessary acknowledgment, not only of his buildings, but also his place within a wider cultural context.” With essays by Douglas Lloyd Jenkins, Hana Scott, Bill McKay and Julia Gatley, and Gregory O’Brien.

Launched at Objectspace Gallery February 13 — March 24 2019, the book and exhibition has to date toured to Hastings Art Gallery and CoCA, Centre of Contemporary Art, Ōtautahi Christchurch.


design Catherine Griffiths
typography Catherine Griffiths
case-bound, dust jacket, 336 pages
200 x 255mm, upright
40 houses in colour photographs
printed in China
Massey University Press
ISBN 978-0-9951095-2-0


design Catherine Griffiths
for Objectspace, and touring galleries

David Straight
Massey University Press


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